CBT and Other Therapeutic Approaches

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

This approach is collaborative and problem focused. When using this approach the focus is placed upon your appraisal (judgment) of events, and the link between your thoughts, emotions and behaviours. We may also focus on any unhelpful beliefs and assumptions that you have about yourself and aim to help you challenge them. You will be encouraged to identify specific goals related to what you’d like to change and this will become the focus of the treatment. You will be taught skills that will enable you to feel more control over your difficulties and increase your resilience to cope with overwhelming negative moods.

In CBT exercises and tasks are encouraged in-between sessions to enable you to practice skills and to facilitate the changes you want to make. You will agree these with your therapist. CBT is a practical approach that will help you to develop a set of skills that you can then use to manage or change any difficulties.

Person Centered Therapy

Person centered therapy takes the position that each individual has within him/herself their own resources for self-understanding and self-acceptance. This approach focuses upon the relationship that you have with yourself and with others and aims to enable you to develop self-acceptance, self-confidence and personal growth.

Psychodynamic Approach

Psychodynamic therapy focuses on unconscious processes and any associations that your present experience has with your past. The goals of this therapy is to improve self-awareness and identify dynamics that enable you to behave defensively, with a view to challenging unhelpful defences.
With this knowledge gained you can then work on reducing any repetition of unhelpful patterns which will then improve your quality of life.

Mentalization Based Therapy (informed)

This approach focuses on your capacity to think about yourself, others and events, before reacting to them. It aims to enable you to develop your responses to situations and to consider the responses and reactions of others in an appropriate way. This approach is useful to reduce impulsivity with aggression and self-harming behaviours, and is useful in improving how you get on in relationships generally.

Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (informed)

Within this approach you are taught skills to improve your ability to regulate your emotions and manage any unhelpful behaviour.